Hunt for the Wilderpeople Sundance 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

The Orchard has acquired all North American distribution rights to Taika Waititi’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” for just under $2 million. There will be a traditional theatrical release.

The coming-of-age dramedy from New Zealand has been closely watched because director Waititi has been handed the reigns of one of Marvel’s top franchises. He will direct “Thor: Ragnarok.”

The film centers on a city kid who has to adjust to life in the countryside. Tragedy intervenes and he finds himself on the run with his uncle, trying to stay one step ahead of a national manhunt.

Reviews out of Sundance have been solid. Variety critic Dennis Harvey called the film “a pleasing comedy-adventure that pays cheeky homage to some early New Zealand classics” in his review.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales for the film, with CAA co-repping in North America. CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers and Craig Sussman on behalf of The Orchard.

Deadline first reported the news.

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